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Old 02-23-2018, 11:14 PM   #1
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Sudden TOAD shopping?

My wife and I were in an accident in her car Wednesday night, got hit by a teenager in a Yukon that ran a light and nearly T-boned us, instead he hit just forward of the drivers front wheel. So it looks like we will be replacing her car in the next few days, and would like to possibly find something that would serve double duty as a TOAD.

Requirements are probably some sort of mid size SUV / Crossover, she had a Ford Flex, but is now considering something smaller as we rarely needed all that space. The 2014 Flex was fully loaded with options, air conditioned seats, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, collision avoidance (not that it helped in this case, blind intersection, ..) etc. and she would like something comparable in features. As you can imagine time to shop is not on our side here, so I was hopeful you could suggest a short list.

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Old 02-23-2018, 11:30 PM   #2
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Bummer. Glad you are all ok.
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:31 PM   #3
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Suggest to browse the FMCA towing guide to see what's available.
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune, Can't help with the towed choice but I'd like to offer a piece of advice.

You probably know this already, so it may benefit others more.
When your towed got hit, there were some stresses that were introduced to you hitch receiver hardware that could have caused excessive shear forces.

I would have the hardware inspected when you can, and the possibility of replacement. If all the system is welded, it would have taken the forces without much problem, however, a look at the welds and check for deformation can't hurt.

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It was not being used as a TOAD we were on our way home from dinner, it was our anniversary. The last time we were in an accident together it was on my wife's birthday about 8 years ago, we are now strongly considering staying home on special occasions.
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Glad you are all OK. After reading your post, dinner at home sounds good.
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This is easy...buy ANY front wheel drive car, crossover or SUV that YOU LIKE and tow it (or any other car you have or get) on a Dolly.

Why? 'Cuz the list of flat towable car's gets smaller and smaller each year, the car is protected from rock strikes and unrecorded miles on the lower driveline up-high on the dolly, and braking/break-away is easily part of the dolly. Plus you can change cars at-will and there's no mods to the car like cutting the front fascia, hacking the car's lighting circuits, and bolting hardware in the car's critical crush zone.

Glad everyone is uninjured from the crash.

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It was not being used as a TOAD we were on our way home from dinner, it was our anniversary. The last time we were in an accident together it was on my wife's birthday about 8 years ago, we are now strongly considering staying home on special occasions.
Wow, glad you both are ok. life can make you wonder sometimes....

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Wow glad you are ok and happy anniversary. Sorry can't help with the new car. We are considering a Jeep Trail Hawk to replace our current toad.
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Doesn't look like that will buff out! I've been considering an Equinox as a replacement for my Suzuki XL7 that was, is, a great toad, still checking that out.
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Glad everyone is OK...I really liked Mrs Freqz's Flex.

Not much on the flat towable list will beat a Flex for rear leg room if that's important...
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Before looking at vehicles to tow, you need to assess how much weight you can tow (especially if you're towing with the Trek listed in your profile). How much do you want to spend? The Chevy Equinox can be towed 4-down. The 2018 was redesigned and is many hundreds of pounds lighter than previous generations. The older Honda CRV are towable, as well as most Ford Edges (although much heavier than the Equinox and CRV).
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You are right, weight is a concern, the Trek has a 5,000 pound towing capacity, though I do have mixed information that the factory hitch may only be rated for 4,500 pounds.

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Ike,

I hope there are no long-term injuries. Maybe visit a chiropractor to be sure your back and neck are lined up well, and if not get aligned.

I was put in the same situation last November. My son was driving our toad and was hit by a reckless driver. Had to move quickly and bought a used 2014 Honda CRV to replace our toad. It weighs in at just about 3400 lbs when full of gas, so your coach should handle it. I think bunches of folks on this board use CRV's and are happy with them. I really like the CRV as a toad and it drives nicely, too. I would like to have gotten a new CRV, but 2014 is the last year they are 4-down towable.

By the way, even though the other driver was at fault, his insurance company, Nationwide, is balking at payment for hospital/doctor bills (Son spent one night in hosp, his girlfriend spent several days in hospital, 2 in intensive) and we have yet to receive payment for the totaled toad....

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